For the past two to three years, we saw how the luxe style, characterized by glamorous hotel-like designs, dominated the design scene. Starting last year, I noticed that a new style is emerging—a kind of aesthetics that revives eclecticism and combines it with a youthful fun, pop attitude. This is what we saw when we visited Space Encounters, a home and lifestyle store by noted interior designer Wilmer Lopez.
The concept of the store is simple—to offer chic, fun and comfortable pieces that make a statement in any space. Their collection of furniture, decors, and lifestyle accessories is primarily inspired by Wilmer and his partner Thor’s travels. Their items are mostly Asian pop and Scandinavian retro, including several iconic pieces.
When they travel abroad, Wilmer and Thor love to go to flea markets and hole-in-the-wall stores for unique finds. For the store, they wanted to re-create that same experience of going to those places.
The design of Space Encounters has a distinctly fun and energetic vibe. There are no dull corners in the store. Vibrant colors fill the space. The walls are painted in a bold color, clad in bricks, or covered in a decoupage of interesting Asian movie posters (photo below). Their disco-like counter (first photo), inspired by the movie Saturday Night Fever, is made of colored glass blocks. A set of metallic Bauhaus pendant lamps hangs at one end to balance off the look.
To complete the design, they also made the arrangement of their merchandise to follow the same casual “flea market” concept. The pieces are all laid out in a dynamic composition.
Many of their furniture are reproductions of mid-century Scandinavian pieces using either Teak or Mahogany. Their chairs can also be upholstered in vintage European fabrics. What we especially like about their furniture, apart from being conversational pieces themselves, is their compact size which can perfectly fit the small space of a condominium interior.
Their home and lifestyle accessories are sourced from different countries, mostly from Asia. There are colored Buddha figurines and heads, framed prints, vintage home items, original movie posters and even fashion items like colorful watches and wallets.
If you want a personal encounter with Space Encounters, visit them at Unit B, Mezzanine, Padilla Bldg., F. Ortigas Jr., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. You can also check theirFacebook here for more information.
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